Policeman who made a complaint against his bosses to lead a racial stereotype review

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

A police officer who made a complaint of race discrimination against his bosses will now assist with a review into the force’s conduct.

PC Jim Davies said Thames Valley Police ‘frequently’ referred to people from Gypsy Roman Traveller communities as ‘pikeys’ and ‘travellers’. PC Davies is an English Romany Gypsy.

But a settlement has now been reached which will involve PC Davies helping in the review of policies to ensure the force removes or amends any racial stereotyping or outdated practices.

The newly formed Gypsy Roman Traveller (GRT) Police Association will also assist in this process.

The speed enforcement officer, who lives in Brackley, told a preliminary-hearing in February that the terms had been ‘institutionalised’ at the force during the 20 years he has worked there and were a discriminatory reference to his own ethnicity.

Mr Davies, who did not seek financial compensation at any stage, was set for a 10-day tribunal this month to seek compensation for injuries to his feelings by racial discrimination.

A spokesman from the force said: “Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any form of discrimination towards any minority group and strives to operate fully in compliance with good practice in relation to diversity and equality.

“Both within the force and externally insofar as it best serves its communities, including the GRT community.

“Thames Valley Police will await the outcome of the findings and any recommendations of the independent review.”